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Custom-Engineered Bicycle Hits 80 Miles per Hour

Tom Donhou, a British bicycle maker, custom-engineered a bike that can reach 80 mph, with a Ford Zephyr functioning as a pace car and windshield.

Train-pacing was a dangerous stunt, but trains were the fastest vehicles in the 1890s and racers used their speeds as a benchmark. The most famous was 'Mile-a-Minute' Murphy who broke the world cyc...

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Penny and Nickel Battery

Penny and Nickel Battery. I wonder if we have enough American chance kicking around the house to do this one.

Pierce made America's first four-cylinder motorcycle, manufactured by the upmarket Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company in Buffalo, New York. According to its makers, the Pierce would be "vibrationless, give motor car comfort and travel comfortably from a mere walking pace up to the speed of the motor car." It was not just its multi-cylinder engine that made the Pierce unusual; the frame too was novel, being constructed from 3½-inch diameter steel tubes that housed fuel and oil, and, like the FN…

Kids ages 8-12 will love these 22 exciting activities and experiments focused on producing and playing with renewable energy. Projects range from the quick and simple — like the Pie Plate Wind-Maker — to the thrillingly large-scale, like Pedal Power, in which kids use a bicycle to power a 12-volt battery. Each activity teaches children about renewable energy and larger environmental issues. Education doesn’t get more fun than this! Softback, 224 pp., ages 8-12.

from Pop Chart Lab

The Evolution of Bicycles